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imm cologne’s 15th Pure Talents Contest Now Open For Entries

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imm cologne recently announced that they are now accepting entries for the 15th annual Pure Talents Contest. The deadline for entries is 22 September 2017.

In the last 14 years, over 500 nominated designers have presented more than 400 products during the international interiors show. And, after the seven-day presentation at the trade fair, many nominees have succeeded in having their designs featured in the collections of renowned furniture manufacturers.

“15 years of the Pure Talents Contest – this is a milestone”, says Arne Petersen, Vice President, Trade Fair Management at Koelnmesse GmbH. “Supporting the next generation of creatives is something that is very close to our hearts. During imm cologne, talented young people present their visions and ideas. This is really important for the interiors industry. I personally look forward every year to the
creativity and the innovation that I see”

Eligibility Requirements

This year’s application procedure permits each participant to submit a maximum of three products in the categories: furniture, home accessories, lighting, flooring, wallpaper and textiles, kitchens and kitchen accessories, and smart home. The key criterion is that the designs should be no more than one year old and be in the prototype stage. The entries will be assessed by a distinguished jury of designers, design journalists and experts from the interiors industry. This year, the panel will comprise the Rotterdam designer Rianne Makkink, designer Sebastian Herkner from Offenbach in Germany, Berlin-based journalist Sophie Lovell and the Managing Director of Architonic, Tobias Lutz, as well as the designer Harry Paul van Ierssel from Barcelona. The following factors will play a major role in the jury’s assessment: overall concept, individuality of the design and its originality, quality of the concept and vision, functionality, and the quality of design and presentation.

Design students and young designers from all over the world may take part if they have graduated within the last three years, i.e. after 1 January 2014. Entries from groups of up to three members are also welcome as long as each member meets the requirements in terms of their studies or degree.

The jury will select 20 nominees from all of the entries by mid-October. Each of the nominees will be given the title “Pure Talents Contest Nominee” and will thus have the opportunity to present his/her prototype at imm cologne, from 15 to 21 January 2018. The jury will meet for a final time on the day before the trade fair opens to select the three winners from amongst the nominees. These will be then announced on the first day of the fair in an awards ceremony on “The Stage”. In addition to the award itself, the winners will receive prize money of €6,000.

You will find the application forms and additional information about the Pure Talents Contest young designers’ competition here: www.imm- cologne.com/puretalentscontest.

For more information, visit www.imm-cologne.com

More about Koelnmesse: Koelnmesse is the world’s top trade fair organiser for the areas of furnishing, living and lifestyle. At the trade fair hub of Cologne, the leading international fair imm cologne as well as the trade fair formats of LivingKitchen, ORGATEC, spoga+gafa, interzum and Kind + Jugend rank among the internationally renowned and established industry meeting places. These fairs comprehensively represent the upholstered and case furniture segment, the kitchen industry, the office furniture sector and outdoor living as well as the innovations of the furniture supply industry. Over the last few years, Koelnmesse has specifically added international fairs in the most important fast-expanding markets to its portfolio. These include the LivingKitchen/CIKB in Shanghai, interzum guangzhou in Guangzhou and Pueri Expo in Sao Paulo. With ambista, the network of the interior decorating industry, Koelnmesse offers direct access to relevant products, contacts, competence and events. For more information, visit http://www.global-competence.net/interiors/

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